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Storytime themes

On May 15, the theme will be the letter “P” and on May, the theme will be “Favorites.” There will be no Storytime on May 29.
Storytime meets at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in the meeting room of the library for preschoolers ages two through five, their parents, caregivers and siblings.

Last early out activity
The final early out activity for this school year will be a balloon rocket craft on Thursday, May 17, from 1 until 2 p.m. for all Solon students. No registration is required. Elementary age students participating need to be picked up by their parent or caregiver at 2 p.m.

April prize winners
Hunter Bentley was the lucky winner at Final Fridays Café. The prize was frosted cupcakes with chocolate drops. Way to go, Hunter. Final Fridays Café, which is sponsored by the Teen Advisory Board, will not be held in May due to the busy schedule of all the teens. Watch for it to resume again next fall.
Nadine Sojka was the winner for the cash prize in the Adult Reading Program drawing. The monthly prize is provided by Friends of the Library. One entry is allowed for every book read by adults, eighteen years and older. Be sure to enter your name in the drawing at the circulation desk.

New kids’ DVDs
Thanks to the generosity of a patron, there are many new DVDs on the shelf for the preschool/lower elementary set who enjoy Dora, Elmo and Bob the Builder movies. There is also a new Leap Frog math DVD, too.
Donated DVDs are very welcome at the library and help stretch the DVD budget. Gently used DVDs that your family has outgrown make nice additions to the library collection. A receipt is happily provided for your donation.

Audio CD additions
Make the most of your commute by listening to a book on CD. Four titles recently added in hardcover are now available in audio books as well. “Come Home” by Lisa Scottoline, “The Lost Years” by Mary Higgins Clark, “Unnatural Acts” by Stuart Woods and “The Innocent” by David Baldacci are now on the audio shelves. “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James has been ordered and should arrive soon. If the item is checked out, you can request a hold on the item at the circulation desk or by accessing the catalog on the website at www.solon.lib.ia.us.

New adult fiction titles
To see the titles of all of the new books added to the shelf, check the “What’s New” list. Any that are currently checked out may be reserved at the circulation desk or by going to the catalog on the library website.
Just released on May 7 is the latest James Patterson novel in The Women’s Murder Club series. “11th Hour” by Patterson along with Maxine Paetro weaves a number of plots to keep you turning pages. “11th Hour” is the most shocking, most thrilling, most emotional of the Women’s Murder Club mysteries yet. At last pregnant, Lindsay Boxer is called to a bizarre crime scene in the garden of a world-famous actor. A reporter launches a series of vicious articles about the cases and Lindsay’s personal life is suddenly laid bare with no one to turn to.
Two other recent Patterson releases are also on the new fiction shelf. “Private Games,” written with Mark Sullivan, involves security to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The opening ceremony is only hours away when a high-ranking member of the games’ organizing committee is killed. This exhilarating, action-packed thriller brings the splendor and emotion of the Olympics to a powerful climax. “Guilty Wives,” written with David Ellis, takes place in Monte Carlo where Abbie Elliot and three of her best friends are free to live someone else’s life for four days. Abbie is awakened on a yacht surrounded by police who are accusing her three friends of the foulest crime imaginable. The vacation of a lifetime becomes a fight of a lifetime.
The trilogy, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” by E. L. James is an erotic, amusing and deeply moving tale that will obsess you, possess you and stay with you forever. The first book, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is her first novel.

New non-fiction titles
Perhaps you have seen Zach Wahls making the rounds on the TV talk shows with his new book, “My Two Moms.” In January, Zach Wahls addressed the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in a public forum regarding full marriage equality. His speech was posted on YouTube, where it went viral, and quickly received more than two million views. Growing up with two moms, he knows what it is like to feel different and to fear being made fun of or worse. His book, “My Two Moms,” delivers a reassuring message to same-sex couples and their kids.
“Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War 1937-1948” is by Madeleine Albright. “Prague Winter” serves as a guide to the future through the lessons of the past in this deeply personal memoir and experiences of history.

Summer reading begins May 31
Informational brochures will be ready by the middle of May about this year’s summer reading program featuring a night theme. “Dream Big. . . READ!” The summer reading program kick-off party will be on Thursday, May 31, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. A special kick-off party for grade five and above will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 6 until 8 p.m., featuring a movie and snacks.
Pick up your reading logs at the party and hear about the great fun prizes and programs that the staff is preparing. Reading logs will not be available until the night of the kick-off party.
Daytime activities will include “Pajama Storytime” for preschool and kindergarteners while “Afternoon Adventures” will be offered to first through fourth graders.
Every Tuesday evening will be family night with movies or special guests including The MacBride Raptor Center that will be bringing several birds, The Grout Museum with a Bubble Bonanza and Musician/Storyteller Mike Anderson playing a variety of musical instruments including the nose harp.
All summer reading programs are free. Mark Tuesday evenings on your summer calendar for family entertainment and pick up a brochure or visit the library website for specific times and programs.

May 15 is Solon Area Book Club
Solon Book Club will meet May 15 to discuss “Strength In What Remains” by Tracy Kidder. All interested adult readers are welcome to attend. For questions about the book club, please contact Joyce at jebarta@southslope.net.

Senior meal and a movie May 18
The monthly “Senior Meal and a Movie” at the Solon Public Library has rescheduled back to Fridays. The May event will be on Friday, May 18. Lunch will be ham and veggie bake, coffee and pie catered by Savvy at 11:30 a.m. Cost will be approximately $7. Call 319-624-2710 for reservations. The movie, “War Horse,” starts at noon.

Garage sale registration
Registration is now open for Solon Area Garage Sales, to be held on Saturday, June 2. Even though it may be a month away registrations are filling up fast so if you want included in city wide garage sales, don’t delay in getting registered. Deadline to register is May 28 or when 80 in-town registrations have been received, whichever comes first. Available spots at the library are filling up quickly so, register early if you want to reserve a library spot.
Registration information is available at the library, on the website (www.solon.lib.ia.us) or by contacting the garage sale coordinator at SolonLibrFriends@aol.com. Registration is done via e-mail. If you do not have e-mail, call the garage sale coordinator 319-624-2632. Please direct all questions to the garage sale coordinator and not the library staff.

Memorial Day weekend book sale
The 22nd annual Memorial Day weekend book sale will be May 26, 27 and 28. Don’t delay in getting your donations delivered to the library. The sorting committee is greatly appreciative for the extra sort time. Approximately 6,000 books, DVDs, CDs and puzzles will be offered for sale with proceeds going to non-budgeted items for the library. Mark your calendars and plan to attend. Monday, May 28 will be clearance prices.

Library ‘Smart Money Week’ seminar deemed a success
“All who attended the program appreciated the answers to their questions and we’re looking forward to the second annual ‘Smart Money Week’ next April,” commented Kris Brown, library director at the conclusion of the “Smart Money Week” workshop. Thanks go to Paula Sears, Bridge Community Bank, Stephanie Hasselmann, Hills Bank & Trust of Mount Vernon, Shelley Prybil, Integrity Financial, and Tim Grimm, Solon State Bank for providing practical, current information on finances.
Library Director, Kris Brown plans to expand the offerings for “Smart Money Week” by making it an annual event. Your input for topics, seminars and programming to be added to the 2013 venue may be directed to her. If you have suggestions for programs that would be helpful for your family finances, please contact Kris Brown at 319-624-2678.